Solid-phase synthesis of bleomycin A5 and three monosaccharide analogues: Exploring the role of the carbohydrate moiety in RNA cleavage

Craig J. Thomas, Alexander O. Chizhov, Christopher J. Leitheiser, Michael J. Rishel, Kazuhide Konishi, Zhi Fu Tao, Sidney M. Hecht

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The solid-phase synthesis of bleomycin A5 (BLM A5) and three monosaccharide analogues is presented. The monosaccharide analogues incorporated α-D-mannose, α-L-gulose, and α-L-rhamnose moieties in lieu of the disaccharide normally present in BLM A5. Also explored were the abilities of each of the monosaccharide congeners to cleave a 53-nt RNA. The elaboration of these carbohydrate-modified bleomycin analogues helps to define the role of the disaccharide moiety during the RNA cleavage event. The relatively facile solid-phase synthesis of bleomycin A5 and each of the carbohydrate analogues constitutes an important advance in the continuing mechanistic studies of bleomycin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12926-12927
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number44
StatePublished - Nov 6 2002
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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